Both Sides of the Coin

Wake Up Call

I know the Bible says that “‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35) In my opinion, part of what makes it more blessed is that it is certainly easier. By that I mean that “receiving” is hard and some of us have to work at being able to do it graciously. I know that is true for me.

Think about this: would you rather contribute a meal for a family in need or have church members dropping off meals for you? Would you rather give to the benevolence fund or be a recipient of the benevolence fund? See what I mean? It is usually very hard to be on the receiving end of “giving.” (Those givers have all the fun!)

Anyhow, if you sometimes find yourself on the receiving end, remember that there is biblical precedent for that too. Jesus often received. There are many instances of him staying in people’s homes and accepting their hospitality. Not only that, he accepted contributions to his ministry. Luke 8:3 talks about certain women; “and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.”

Give every chance you get and you will certainly be blessed as the scripture says. But there are times and seasons when it’s a good idea to experience the other side of the coin and be a receiver. Do that also with as much grace and a humble heart. The coin will flip again and when it does, you will find yourself a better giver.



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